Pectoralis Minor Tenotomy

  • George F. LeBus
  • Zaamin B. Hussain
  • Jonas Pogorzelski
  • Peter J. Millett


Tightness or contracture of the pectoralis minor muscle can cause significant scapular dysfunction and is typically seen in patients with scapular dyskinesis and abnormal scapular protraction. When nonoperative treatment in these patients has failed, pectoralis tenotomy aims to resect the pectoralis minor tendon from the medial aspect of the coracoid process in order to decrease the force on the scapula, thereby improving scapular dynamics.


Pectoralis minor Tenotomy Contracture Scapular dysfunction Resect Scapular dyskinesis Scapular dynamics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George F. LeBus
    • 1
  • Zaamin B. Hussain
    • 2
  • Jonas Pogorzelski
    • 3
  • Peter J. Millett
    • 4
  1. 1.Orthopedic Specialty AssociatesFort WorthUSA
  2. 2.Steadman Philippon Research InstituteVailUSA
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic Sports MedicineTechnical University of MunichMunichGermany
  4. 4.Shoulder, Knee, Elbow and Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, The Steadman ClinicVailUSA

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